Schwarzinger
Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #102
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,058
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 9.89%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
37
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Philadelphia Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
84
Good
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Philadelphia Brewing Company "Schwarzinger"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, inkjet coding information is smudged and illegible

Impressive! They've nailed the dark maltiness of a schwarzbier with a light bit of fudge-like chocolate and the suggestion of smoky roastiness without actually going there. Just a touch too much and a schwarzbier becomes something else but they've kept it reigned in, and remarkably well-balanced. Non-traditionally, they've used some citrusy hops which throw it off for me, but I'm sure others will love that. I could see this taking on the almost fanatical following that Philadelphia once had for Yuengling's Black & Tan, and if they can put it on tap at or near the cost of Kenzinger I have no doubt that'll happen.

Feb 16, 2016
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour was dark black with a tan or khaki colored head. The aroma off the out gave off a bit of hops, maybe a hint of roasted coffee. The taste was very good! It had roasted malt character, smokiness, a touch of roasted coffee and dark chocolate hints. It finished a little on the dry side. I would say this was a great beer for the FALL or WINTER seasons. The roasted and smoky flavors work really nicely in this beer. Another great beer from my hometown brewery!

Jul 24, 2015
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet a new beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company! Found it in the mix six section at the House of 1,000 beers.
A - Deep dark beautiful blackness with just a 1/4 inch of head that fades to a sticky ring.
S - Light smoked malts, some cocoa, and roastiness.
T - One smooth Swartz. It has mild smoked malts, smooth chocolate like malts, and a bit of sunk in the finish that leaves a bit of dryness. On par with the style love it.
M - Medium bodied not watery, slick and smooth.

Overall I would consider getting this again hell I would buy a case. It's tasty!

May 07, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It seems as though this may be another tone77 special! He is my frequent, local, in-person trader and I am always fascinated by what he brings by for me to review. I am pretty much to the point that I will only review beers when I am at home, but I have plenty to keep me busy.

From the bottle: "A German style black lager brewed with premium pilsner and dark roasted malts."

I started out with a heavy-handed pour until the head began to rise at an incredible rate and I backed off. I was faced with two-plus fingers of dense, deep-brown head with fantastic retention. It looked like a chocolate milk shake sitting before me and I put on some music to keep me company as I awaited for it to abate. What was I listening to? "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", written by James F. Hanley and sung by Judy Garland. Color was a deep, dense dark-brown with ruby highlights (SRM = 44), allowing just a little light penetration at the edges. Nose had a smoky chocolatiness and I was reminded of my late Pops' affection for Hershey's Special Dark. This beer's smell was very evocative of that. Mouthfeel was full, creamy, and the chocolate taste was spot on. I was really digging the way that the smokiness of the "dark roasted malts" was coming through, but melding nicely with the chocolatiness. Finish was semi-dry, more smoky than chocolaty, but quite the beer.

Dec 03, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit smokey. Taste is the same, lots of roasted malts and smokiness, a bit of hops are present as well. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Nov 03, 2013
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is dark brown with brown on the bottom edges of the glass; head is thin and dissipates to a ring.

Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, clean hop maybe some grass, maybe a little sweet in its presence.

Taste is on the sweeter side, but clean lager taste - no fruitiness noted - roasted malts are upfront melding into a chocolate sweetness that lingers; hops are present and quite bitter, no apparent strong flavor.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, but definitely on the sweet side, lingering on the tongue and with a strong bitterness.

Overall, a sweet schwarzbier, but clean flavors and a touch bitter. Its an interesting take on the style, maybe tone down on the amount of roasted malts?

Aug 30, 2013
Schwarzinger from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 37 ratings